Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo shares new song, doing Q&A in NY w/ Steve Shelley
Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo will release Names of North End Women, his collaborative album with Spanish musician and producer Raül Refree, next week (2/21) and he’s just shared another track from it. “Words Out of the Haze” makes eerie use of chimes and electronic percussion, and it’s video uses sequences from Oskar Fischinger’s 1938 abstract animation short, An Optical Poem. “The images are astounding in their rhythm and color, and we are happy to re-present them in a new context for this video,” says Lee. “Continuing the theme of re-purposing images from earlier experimental film (as also seen in the ‘Names of North End Women’ video), the intent was to find interesting visual images to compliment, without illustrating, the song.” Watch that below.
Meanwhile Lee and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley will be on hand for a Q&A following a screening of Stuart Swezey’s documentary Desolation Center at NYC’s IFC Center on February 26. The documentary tells “the untold story of a series of early ’80s guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that paved the way for Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella… Collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century” and features interviews and rare performance footage with Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic and more. The Q&A also features Stuart Swezey, Pitchfork’s Jenn Pelly and will be moderated by American Hardcore director Paul Rachman. Tickets are on sale, and you can watch the Desolation Center trailer below.
Meanwhile, Lee and Raül will tour Europe in April. Those dates are listed below.
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Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree – 2020 Tour Dates
April 5 – Bruges, Belgium – Chamber Music Room – Concertgebouw Brugge
April 6 – Utrecht, Netherlands – De Heiling
April 7 – London, England – Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican
April 9 – Paris, France – LE CENTQUATRE
April 10 – Clermont-Ferrand, France – Cooperative De Mai
April 11 – Nantes, France – Stereolux
April 17 – Girona, Spain – Festival Strenes – Teatro Le Mercé
April 18 – Avellino, Italy – Cinema Teatro Partenio
April 19 – Rome, Italy – Monk Club
April 21 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Cankarjev Dom
April 22 – Pordeone, Italy – Capitol
April 23 – Civitanova Alta, Italy – Theater
April 25 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Theatre de Vidy
April 26 – Bern, Switzerland – Dachstock
April 27 – Nuremberg, Germany – Z-bau
April 28 – Berlin, Germany – Roter Salon – Volksbühne
April 29 – Prague, Czech Republic – Palác Akropolis
April 30 – Krems, Austria – Donau Festival